A small country by most standards, Iceland’s modest population boasts a high quality of living, extensive political freedom, and has taken an active role in sustainable development and commitment to the environment. And justifiably so! Its wildly rugged landscape has been shaped by extreme forces of nature which never cease to amaze, inspire and attract visitors from all over the world.
For anglers in particular, the varied terrain showcases a diverse array of glacial rivers, impressive waterfalls, intertwined tributaries, crystal-clear and nutrient-rich inland waters which conspire to become a fishing paradise. Around 100 rivers abound with salmon from June to September, while trout and char are plentiful in the many lakes and streams.
Salmo salar – full of surprises
The Atlantic salmon season opens on 20 June and expectations are high following 3 record-breaking seasons over the past 5 years! News has already broken that Atlantic salmon have started entering some rivers. To his astonishment a trout angler fishing the River Sog in mid-May hooked a 8-9lbs silver salmon measuring 78cm on a Black Ghost. The catch-of-the-day was duly returned and the prevailing conditions indicate that the season will get off to a fantastic start. Even despite very little rain in June, July & August last year it was the fifth best in terms of salmon catches alone securing Iceland’s claim as one of the world’s best fresh-water fishing destinations.
With FishIceland’s help you don’t have to look very far for some great value angling packages. For adventurous salmon anglers a prime-time foray on the river SOG, just 40 miles east of Reykjavik, has 4 rods available from 17-19 August. At £999 per person this outstanding offer will ensure you are well catered for and includes 3 day’s salmon fishing (12 hours a day), 3 night’s accommodation in a self catering lodge, a private guide on the first day and complimentary fly box with the most productive Sog flies & tubes.
If you are a salmon fishing aficionado seeking greater exclusivity then a 3-day trip to the HOFSA IN VOPNAFJORDUR at prime time will tick all the boxes. Two rods will be met on arrival by an experienced guide, transported to the river, enjoy chasing silver for three long summer days and retire to the Hofsa lodge and benefit from 3 night’s full board accommodation. Two dates are available: 21-24 July (£3,200pp) or 6-9 August (£2,990pp).
Salmo trutta – big and powerful
If trout fishing for large brownies floats your boat then booking is advisable on one of the more notable rivers. A specially selected 3-day package on the REYKJADALSA at the peak of the season (29 June – 2 July) is affordably priced at just £360 per person. This great-value deal in the scenic north of Iceland includes 3 day’s fishing with self catering lodge accommodation for 4 rods.
The SVARTA IN BARDARDALUR boats a high percentage of resident wild brown trout weighing 3-6lbs. A limited self-catering package from 3-6 July, for 4 rods is available priced at £390pp.
Famed for it’s salmon ‘The Big Laxa’ (LAXA IN ADALDALUR) is often overlooked as a trout fishing destination, yet the upper reaches consistently produce good numbers of fish each year. A 3-day/night trip between 12 and 31 July, with accommodation in a self catering lodge, costs just £100 per person per day.
To enquire about any of the packages featured please contact Jon Sigurdsson at FishIceland.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +354 534 8082.
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